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Tue, 09/22/2020 | Speeches and Statements

On September 21, 2020, at approximately 7:00 p.m., a Border Patrol Agent patrolling on foot east of Nogales, Arizona, arrested a group of illegal aliens and subsequently came under assault by one of the individuals who was armed with a knife.  The Border Patrol Agent sustained multiple stab wounds, but was able to fire his sidearm and fatally shot the assailant.  The agent was airlifted from the scene by CBP Air Operations to the Nogales Airport to meet an air ambulance.  From there, he was flown to a hospital in Tucson, Arizona and treated for his wounds.

Mon, 09/21/2020 | Speeches and Statements


TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection is saddened to report the death of a 30-year-old man from Mexico on Monday morning in a Tucson area hospital. We extend our condolences to his family.

Wed, 09/09/2020 | Speeches and Statements

“The ‘Gotaway’ video produced by the U.S. Border Patrol was the first in a series of short videos created to remind our Border Patrol agents that the risks they take every day to protect America matter, and result in saving American’s lives well beyond our physical borders.  While the purpose of the video was initially for internal agency use, I decided to share it publicly after viewing it to enhance awareness that effective border security helps keep all Americans and our guests safe.”  

Mon, 08/24/2020 | Speeches and Statements

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection is saddened to report the death of a Mexican national on Monday morning in a South Texas hospital.

Fri, 08/21/2020 | Speeches and Statements

On August 20, 2020, at approximately 7:20 p.m. PST, U.S. Border Patrol agents reported a vehicle pursuit and agent involved shooting after a vehicle fled from the FR15 checkpoint near Casa Grande, AZ.

Fri, 08/21/2020 | Speeches and Statements
Fri, 08/14/2020 | Speeches and Statements


Tue, 08/11/2020 | Speeches and Statements

Please attribute to a CBP Spokesperson:

A Tucson Sector Border Patrol Agent was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Border Corruption Task Force (BCTF) late in the afternoon of August 9, 2020. The agent was taken into custody for suspicion of narcotics trafficking.   U.S Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility participated in this investigation and the operation.  

Sun, 08/02/2020 | Speeches and Statements

Yuma, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection is saddened to report the death of a 33-year-old man from Mexico on Saturday afternoon in a local Yuma, Arizona hospital. We would like to express our condolences to his family.

Thu, 07/30/2020 | Speeches and Statements

The Acting DHS Secretary and CBP leadership are committed to ensuring that individuals in CBP custody receive appropriate medical support.  To that end, CBP continues to take steps to significantly enhance its medical support efforts, consistent with CBP’s law enforcement mission.

In December 2019, CBP issued the Enhanced Medical Directive setting foundational levels of medical support.  

Mon, 07/27/2020 | Speeches and Statements


CBP Statement:


Sun, 07/26/2020 | Speeches and Statements

DEL RIO, TEXAS – On July 26, 2020, at approximately 6:20 a.m., U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector, Brackettville Station observed a suspicious vehicle in the area and attempted to initiate a vehicle stop.  The driver then attempted to elude agents by fleeing at a high rate of speed north bound from Brackettville toward Uvalde.

Agents ultimately lost sight of the vehicle and it was located a short time later on Ranch Road 674, where it had rolled over.

Tue, 07/21/2020 | Speeches and Statements

GAUTHIER, MS—On Tuesday, at approximately 9:30 AM, a U.S. Border Patrol agent was involved in a shooting while assisting U.S. Marshals with serving a warrant in Gauthier, MS. The individual fired upon the agent and other law enforcement officers on scene, who in turn, returned fire. Neither the agent nor the suspect were injured in the exchange.

Fri, 07/17/2020 | Speeches and Statements

"While the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) respects every American’s right to protest peacefully, violence and civil unrest will not be tolerated.  Violent anarchists have organized events in Portland over the last several weeks with willful intent to damage and destroy federal property, as well as injure federal officers and agents. These criminal actions will not be tolerated.

Thu, 07/16/2020 | Speeches and Statements

On July 6, 2020, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Laredo Sector were working their assigned duties at a remote ranch when they were alerted by a male subject who advised the agent that his friend, a 28 year-old male subject, was in distress.  Upon locating the subject and discovering him in distress, agents immediately began to render first aid and called for emergency medical services. The subject was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.  Despite the medical staff’s best efforts over the course of several days, the subject passed away.

Fri, 07/10/2020 | Speeches and Statements

Statement from Pete Flores, Director of Field Operations for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in San Diego:

Thu, 07/09/2020 | Speeches and Statements

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection is saddened to report the death of an unidentified woman on Thursday morning in a South Texas hospital. 

Wed, 07/08/2020 | Speeches and Statements

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection is saddened to report the death of a 39-year-old man from Mexico on Tuesday morning in a South Texas hospital. We would like to express our condolences to his family.

Fri, 06/26/2020 | Speeches and Statements

EL PASO, TEXAS – On June 25th, 2020, at approximately 1:30 a.m., U.S. Border Patrol Agents assigned to the El Paso Sector, Santa Teresa Station responded to a report of suspicious activity in close proximity to the border with Mexico. This area is known by agents to be used frequently by transnational criminal organizations for human smuggling. Agents observed a suspicious vehicle in the area and initiated a vehicle stop. The driver then attempted to elude agents by fleeing at a high rate of speed east bound from New Mexico into the city of El Paso, Texas. 

Sat, 06/13/2020 | Speeches and Statements

On Thursday, June 11, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Border Patrol Agent (BPA) Johan Mordan of the Lordsburg Station was working in the remote boot heel area of New Mexico when agents lost communications with him.

A search ensued and, within minutes, responding agents found BPA Mordan unresponsive lying on a trail.  Agents immediately began CPR (chest compressions) and air support was requested for extraction. 

Fri, 06/05/2020 | Speeches and Statements

TUCSON, Ariz.--On the evening of June 2, 2020, Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Douglas Station initiated a stop of a vehicle traveling on State Route 80, north of Douglas, AZ.  The vehicle, driven by a United States Citizen, was occupied by four individuals determined to be undocumented aliens.  Border Patrol Agents handling the traffic stop observed a second vehicle also suspected of being involved in human smuggling activity. 


Tue, 06/02/2020 | Speeches and Statements

“CBP stands united in holding those accountable for the death of Mr. George Floyd, as well as supporting those who participate in lawful protests. We are equally united in ensuring that criminals responsible for burning our cities, looting businesses, and committing countless acts of violence are stopped. We are proud to once again support our law enforcement partners to protect our communities and ensure that the rights of Americans to peacefully protest are protected.”​


Mon, 06/01/2020 | Speeches and Statements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has deployed uniformed personnel from throughout the National Capital Region to CBP Headquarters in Washington, D.C. This action is necessary to support our law enforcement partners in their efforts to prevent any further civil unrest in the D.C area. It is our sincere hope that local protests remain peaceful and without incident.

Fri, 05/29/2020 | Speeches and Statements

MINNEAPOLIS - Earlier today a U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations (AMO) unmanned aircraft system was preparing to provide live video to aid in situational awareness at the request of our federal law enforcement partners in Minneapolis. The unmanned aircraft system provides live video feed to ground law enforcement, giving them situational awareness, maximizing public safety, while minimizing the threat to personnel and assets.